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VA has three RPOs that handle GI Bill claims.
There are additional benefits that you may be
eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for
a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.
These are known as derivatives.
The White House Veterans
Complaint Line is open;
Tip of the day...The White House hotline isn't in
the white houseand it's run exclusively by the VA.
The VAWatchdog is all about how to
manage Department of Veterans Affairs
disabled veterans benefits.
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Larry Scott broke this story October 13, 2008 and the VA
has been in reaction mode ever since
Those who cannot learn from history
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Proceed With Caution
Any time we ask VA to open our file to make any adjustment, we open ourselves up to a complete review of all ratings. Many veterans get an unpleasant surprise when they discover that their request for an increase leads to a proposal to decrease a rating. You have an absolute right to be rated appropriately for each disabling condition you may have incurred during your honorable military service. If you feel that your rating is not correct for your condition, by all means seek an increase. Before you do...be sure that you can't lose. Check your current condition's symptoms against the standards you find in The Schedule For Rating Disabilities. Match your physical or mental health status to the ones you find there. If you are confident that you can prove your entitlement to a higher rating, go for it.
If not, sometimes sleeping dogs are best left to just lie there.
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If you have an existing rating and you believe that the rated condition is worse than it was when it was rated or if you believe that your rating is just too low, you must formally file a claim to increase the rating.
Talking with your doctor or other veterans won't get the process started.
You have to submit the forms.
* Determine exactly what your current ratings are before you proceed.
Dig out those original award letters so that you know exactly what sort of benefits and ratings you
have. Don't just guess at it, get the facts. You may need to check your records at the eBenefits site.
* Look at the ratings table for your existing benefit.
The Schedule For Rating Disabilities is your guide to what you may be eligible for. You may
learn that your current rating is already at the maximum or that you're current
rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know.
* Gather your evidence and records to support the increase. If there are civilian medical records,
you have to gather those for yourself. Do not rely on VA to obtain your civilian records.
* Consider having an IMO completed. The IMO is the most efficient way to
provide evidence in support of your claim.
* It's time to file the claim. Use VA Form 21-526EZ
Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want.
Provide supporting evidence.
* Congratulations! You're done.
You should consider an IME or an IMO
An Independent Medical Examination or an Independent Medical Opinion
will often make the difference when the details of your claim aren't clear.
The physician who conducts such an exam is a neutral
observer and an expert in disability medicine.
Click here to learn more about these exams.